My research focuses on microbiology education. I have led or been on several teams working on developing and using concept inventories to determine students' mastery of microbiology and immunology. My current research involves helping students increase their performance on multiple-choice exams.
The courses in the major are taught on a rotational basis, and I teach Microbiology 303, Microbiology 304, Microbiology 527 and Microbiology 551 in various years. I am also active in the scholarship of teaching: participating in seminars, presentations, and publications. Other responsibilities include:
• Co-director of the Masters Degree program in Bacteriology
• Author of Through the Microscope
an online microbiology textbook, Why Microbes Matter
a book for the general public, and Virtual Microbiology
• Serving on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education.
1. Paustian TD, Briggs AG, Brennan RE, Boury N, Buchner J, Harris S, Horak REA, Hughes LE, Katz-Amburn DS, Massimelli MJ, McDonald AH, Primm TP, Smith AC, Stevens AM, Yung SB. 2017. Development, Validation, and Application of the Microbiology Concept Inventory. J Microbiol Biol Educ 18:1–10. Pubmed
2. Briggs AG, Hughes LE, Brennan RE, Buchner J, Horak REA, Amburn DSK, Mcdonald AH, Primm TP, Smith AC, Stevens AM, Yung SB, Paustian TD. 2017. Concept Inventory Development Reveals Common Student Misconceptions about Microbiology. J Microbiol Biol Educ 18:1–9. Pubmed